How to Prepare for Cold and Flu Season
Cold weather brings with it the cold and flu season. But there are things you can do to prepare so you don't get hit as bad and sometimes you might avoid it altogether. Having the proper tools on hand can help you shorten the length of the illness. As always, make sure you are drinking enough water, sleeping well, and eating healthy food, but here are a few other things you can do to be even more prepared this season.
Stock Up On Supplies
There are certain things you do not want to get caught without when cold weather hits. Tissues are definitely one of those things. Other things you will want to stock up on include:
- Hand soap
- Hand sanitizer
Stock the Medicine Cabinet
You also want to make sure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet. You will want to have a good thermometer. And don't just think over the counter medicines, natural products often work just as well. Here are some things to have on hand:
- Elderberry syrup
- Bromelain for coughs, chest congestion
- Topical relief of aches and pains (not a replacement for aspirin)
- Fever reducers
- Cough Syrup (Honey works well too)
Prepare for Sick Days
If you have children, have things on hand to keep them entertained. Puzzles, DVDs, and coloring books are all good options. Make sure you know what your workplace policy is for taking off for sick days. Plan for backup help from family and friends in the event someone needs a ride or even help with meals. To shorten the duration of your symptoms, try out some of these possibilities.
There are also things you can do to keep from getting sick. Eat healthily, get the recommended daily amount of vitamin C and D, and exercise. Keep a humidifier available. Disinfect areas such as doorknobs, kitchen handles, and other highly touched items in the home. Don't forget to disinfect your phones daily. They are a constant source of bacteria. If this year has taught us anything, it’s how to remain diligent with our hand washing and how we sneeze. We’re going above and beyond to do our part to reduce the spread of germs.
Chances are, even with precautions, someone you know is going to get sick this upcoming flu season. Green Goo has a variety of all-natural products that can help your family stay well. We have cold sore treatment, a first aid wellness bundle, and more. Visit us today and stock up so you are ready for cold & flu seasons. In the meantime, keep drinking water, wash your hands often, and get plenty of sleep. With a little preparation and luck, maybe we’ll come through autumn and winter unscathed. And, if you have any wisdom to share that helps you stay well, let us know and we’ll give it a try!